A to Z Challenge – Ink

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I is for Ink

I love to get ink on my hands.  I am a crafter and my craft of choice is rubber stamping.  I stamp my own greeting cards, decorate letters and a few pages for scrap-booking.  I like to get glue under my nails and glitter, well it goes EVERYWHERE even if you’re really careful with it.  I have dye ink and pigment ink.  Brush pens and embossing markers.  Small individual colors and multi-colored pad. Flat ink and puff paint.  And then there is my collection of stamps… wooden, clear and cubed multi-sided.  I stamp, emboss, punch, embellish, and have all sorts of fun.  Tomorrow I must get a little ink on my hands (no matter how careful I am I ALWAYS do) and make a birthday card and a thinking of you card for two friends.  I have the TOY card all planned out and an idea for the birthday card.  It is so much fun!


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7 Days 7 Photos – A Black And White Challenge Day 5

As usual I want to thank Stella at Giggles & Tales for challenging me.  🙂

Seven days, seven photos rules

  • Black and while photos
  • Photos of your life
  • No people
  • No explaination
  • Challenge someone each day

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Today I would like to challenge Lukas at Through Open Lens.

Happy and Grateful – Day 181

June brings warmer weather and the start of summer. Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too. I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year. Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog. There is always something good to find in each day.

The month ends on a pretty warm day.  A few more nighttime thunderstorms rolled through tonight, but much milder that the storms last night.  We really only got rain and a distant rumble or two here.

Today marks 6 of 12 months done on this challenge… just a few days short of half way.  Some rough days like today it is hard to find the happy.  I was in tears this afternoon for a lot of reasons all rolled into one.  Tears then threatened again later when a friend seemed a little short with me on texts.  I have just been feeling alone a lot lately.  I suppose it is because I am awake more during the day since I have to take my boyfriend to work.  The more awake hours, the more alone hours there are.

But I did break out a handful of stamps and used my Cricut even to make two different cards to mail out tomorrow.  Getting ink and glue on my hands makes me happy.  And for a little while I forget about the loneliness.

I have to say the grateful is pretty easy today.  My boyfriend went over to pay our July rent check and found we had been over charged on are rent for a while now and had a $200 credit… THANKFULLY now we can go restock the refrigerator as it was getting very bare.

In about five hours I have to take my boyfriend to work and I am not that tired yet.  So I will go read some more posts and hope to call it a night soon.  Don’t forget to stay grateful!

Happy and Grateful – Day 148

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Today was a beautiful spring day for the windows to be open to hear the birds singing.  If I had just had a little more energy I might have made it for a walk today, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

Today was a day spent trying to connect with a friend.  I made a card and finished up a letter to her today. I did her whole card without getting any ink on my hands… wow, is that rare.  But as always it was good to be creative.  I sometimes get what I guess you would call crafter’s block when I look at that blank piece of card stock, but today I opened one of my stamp drawers and picked two different stamps to use right away and had a plan.  I can’t believe I have been making my own cards for close to 25 years now and I don’t think I have ever made the same card twice.  But I do have a rather LARGE rubber stamp collection.  It really made me happy to create today.

I also connected with another friend online today.  There are about 15 to 20 people in a fibro group I have become friends with through the years and one of them was online today looking to talk.  Her son is away with his dad and her boyfriend’s dad just was diagnosed with cancer… she was feeling pretty rough.  So we chatted for a good half an hour or so.  I love the fact I can connect with others who understand fibro and all that comes with it.  I am grateful for my “fibro family” I have found.

Well another day is winding down and I have an early morning tomorrow.  We have a Memorial Day tradition I will share with you tomorrow night.  I hope you all have a nice Memorial Day.  Good night!